Manassas Presbyterian Church is a partner site that supports the BEACON program by providing classrooms space for BEACON programs. BEACON provides tutoring to adults in the areas of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), basic literacy (reading, writing, math, and citizenship). Trained volunteers work with individuals and small groups at parrtners sites. BEACON also provides life-skills workshops on topics such as health and safety, nutrition, financial literacy, parenting skills and community resources. We are proud of our ongoing relationship with BEACON as they meet inour church building twice a week.
Fair Trade - Fairly-traded coffee, tea, and chocolate from Equal Exchange are available during our Advent Market which occurs for the four Sundays of Advent. Our purchases support small family operations and environmentally responsible farming. Fairly-traded crafts from A Greater Gift (SERRV International) are also available at our Advent Market in early December. Our purchases allow the artisans to receive a stable yearly income.
Good News Jail Ministry
Manassas Presbyterian Church provides funds to the Good News Jail Ministry at the Prince William County Adult Detention Center. Through this program, chaplains meet the spiritual needs of both inmates and staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral attention.
Loving Hands Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Loving Hands Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of approximately MPC members and friends who gather to create knitted or crocheted shawls as gifts to those who have suffered a loss, are struggling with health or other issues, or are celebrating such events as marriages and baptisms.
We welcome all women and women to join our ministry. No experience is needed. We will train you! We currently have a need for help in the following areas:
- Knitters and crocheters to create shawls, scarves, hats and mittens
- "Fringers" to add that final touch to the shawls
- Prayer square knitters - a great position for new beginners
- Assistance with overseeing prayer shawl requests
- Clerical assistance requiring some light computer skills
Meeting times are weekly on Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Room 40 of the church, if you are able to attend. All of the above tasks can also be performed from the comfort of your own home.
More Information available in the Loving Hands Prayer Shawl Ministry Brochure.
One Great Hour of Sharing
For almost fifty years, Presbyterians have joined with Christians throughout the nation in supporting One Great Hour of Sharing, responding to Christ's love for all people by joyfully sharing that love with people in need. The refugee and the stranger have found food and safe shelter; those stunned by the aftermath of disasters have found relief and help rebuilding; and communities seeking to take control of their future have found partners in development. Presbyterians' gifts support the work of The Presbyterian Committee for the Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.
Peacemaking hristians are called as Christ's people to be God's peacemakers as agents of reconciliation in families, individual lives, communities, churches, the international arena, and the whole of creation. Peacemaking is the human response to the divine gift of peace giving. The Peacemaking Offering supports the peacemaking efforts of the church at every governing body level, and provides an opportunity to witness to God's gift of peace in the world. In order to help the whole church respond to God's peace giving in the world, 25 percent of the Peacemaking Offering is retained by congregations for their support of their own peacemaking ministry; 25 percent is used to support presbytery and synod peacemaking efforts; 50 percent is forwarded to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the General Assembly, so that it can continue to provide assistance and resources for congregations and other bodies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rise Against Hunger
5th Annual 'Rise Against Hunger' Meal Packing Event
Sunday, March 11 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join the movement to end hunger in our lifetime: MPC will host its 5th annual Rise Against Hunger* meal-packing event on Sunday, March 11 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the MPC Fellowship Hall. The MPC Mission Team has dedicated a portion of its 2018 budget to sponsor the minimum 10,000 meals required to host the event. We invite support from our congregation and the Manassas community so that we can provide even more.
In 2017, more than 200 people from MPC, First Baptist Church of Manassas and the community came together and packed enough meals to feed 40,176 people! Can we beat that this year? Of course we can - but we need your help. Here's how you can support this mission to end hunger:
- We need volunteers to staff four shifts: Set-Up; Meal-Packing Shft 1; Meal-Packing Shift 2; Clean-Up
- This is a great opportunity for the whole family. Last year's volunteers ranged in age from 3 to 90!
- Sign up for a volunteer shift at http://events.stophungernow.org/MPC18
- Contributions will help fund additional meals beyond the 10,000 MPC has already sponsored
- Donate online at http://events.stophungernow.org/MPC18
- Donate during Sunday worship (Feb. 18, Feb. 25, March 4) using the Rise Against Hunger envelopes in the Friendship Pads
- MPC members can donate online via MPC's Online Giving options. Select "Rise Against Hunger
Learn more abour Rise Against Hunger at RiseAgainstHunger.org.
*Formerly known as "Stop Hunger Now."
School Bags Project
Do you want to learn how to make school bags for the upcoming school year? Well, just click on the link and you will find the instructions. Happy Sewing!! School Bag instructions
MPC is proud to be one of a group of churches and concerned individuals that established SERVE, a community based organization dedicated to Securing Emergency Resources through Volunteer Efforts. SERVE is a full service agency with a mission to serve the local community through comprehensive programs and partnerships that provide basic needs and promote economic independence for homeless and underprivileged individuals and families.
- Emergency Assistance Funding
- Family Care Shelter
- Food Closet
- Transitional Housing
Manassas Presbyterian Church designates the first Sunday of each month as "Manna Sunday." Every "Manna Sunday" members of the congregation and friends of the church fill a grocery basket with canned and boxed food products. SERVE in turn distributes these food donations to hungry people, families and children. In addition to additional financial assistance, MPC has established the Doris Topping Compassion Fund which is supported by special offerings throughout the year. Doris, a long time member of Manassas Presbyterian Church, was a founding member of SERVE.
Sleeping Mat Project
Turning plastic bags into mats for people who are without shelter or mattresses:
- Where can bags be dropped off? There's a big box in the vestibule (between the double doors into the narthex) where bags can be dropped off any time the building is open. Please be sure bags are clean, dry, and empty. We don’t use bags that are heavier or stiffer than the most common bags from grocery stores, Walmart, etc., unless they’re colors. We do use newspaper bags.
- How long will the project last? There about 500 unsheltered people in Prince William County, plus countless more who sleep on the floor. It takes about 800 bags to make a mat with a pillow, so the end is nowhere in sight.
- Are there other ways to help? Yes! You can crochet (we’ll teach you if you don’t know how—it’s simple). Click here for instructions. Or you can cut bags, which takes at least as long as the crocheting. Bags the weight of most grocery bags should be cut crosswise in 4” strips, creating a loop. Sort bags by color, cut away the bottom and the handles to leave a multiple of 4”, and cut as many loops as you can (usually 3 or 4).
Sleeping mat project overview and basic bag cutting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWskBZZqHmw
Cutting regular and non-standard bags at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YUuclEiskk&feature=youtu.be
Joining bags to make “plarn” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds5w53Q3Ub8
Watch Jo Ann Staebler and Gene Barndt explain the project in this TV interview at It's in the Bag; Churches Team Up to Help the Homeless
Souper Bowl of Caring
The Souper Bowl of Caring mission project is sponsored by the Middle School Youth Group. They encourage people to give one dollar as they leave worship on Super Bowl Sunday, voting for their favorite Super Bowl Team. Funds collected are donated to SERVE, a local food pantry and shelter.
Turning Points at ACTS
MPC provides support to this domestic violence program that is part of ACTS (Action in the Community through Service). Turning Points provides a safe house, court advocacy program and teen group support to families involved in domestic violence.
This popular ministry is coordinated by the Voluntary Action Center of the Greater Prince William area. Through this ministry, Manassas Presbyterian Church helps to provide Christmas gifts to needy children in our community.